Pure ruby with a clear rim. The wines from Laurent always smell wonderful (in their own way) in good vintages in my opinion. This is a good example - deep Pinot fruit, integrated oak and floral note. Medium bodied palate that is missing a bit of heft. A bit dry on the finish. Good not great. (87)
Wow – this wine has certainly come together and improved over the past few years. No doubting that this is Laurent – wood spice is very prominent. What has changed is better integration, brighter, more obvious fruit and the feeling that the wine now revealing what it can. Still, this is good to very good village only. While there is good flavor penetration, it comes up a bit short. (87)
Drank with Patrick Straich and Bob Bennet at the house. While they, in particular, enjoyed the other red, Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir 2004 (Oregon) more, we all three thought this wine quite enjoyable. Very smooth until the end, when there is a slight chalkiness. Great flavor, consisting of cherries, raspberries and even some lime. Balanced.
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